Volume LVAugust 2008Number 3

Congratulations to

J. Kenneth Brubaker MD, CMD, Medical Director for the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown since 1996, was selected as the American Medical Directors Association's (AMDA) 2008 Medical Director of the Year on March 8. This annual award recognizes one individual whose vision, passion, leadership, knowledge and commitment succeed in taking patient care to high levels of quality, excellence and innovation. The Medical Director of the Year is selected based on nominees' contributions and accomplishments in long term care medicine, specifically clinical expertise, staff education, leadership and community involvement. Dr. Brubaker will be featured in articles in "Caring for the Ages" and will share best practices at an educational session at the 2009 AMDA Annual Symposium.

Bro. William C. Davis, Jr., Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682, Elizabethtown, and Chief Operating Officer-Health Care Services for the Masonic Villages of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, was selected to receive the 2008 PANPHA Paul P. Haas Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to the association and the field of aging. The award recognizes Bro. Davis' distinguished record of leadership, involvement and foresight into the advancement of quality services to the elderly, both at the Masonic Villages and to the statewide association; and his dedication to advocating for continued understanding of and provision for the needs of the senior population.
Bro. Michael T. Beachem, IV, a member of Melita Lodge No. 295, Philadelphia, and a student affairs administrator at Temple University, was recently awarded the 2008 Region II Mid-level Student Affairs Professional Award by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. The award recognizes student affairs professionals with a minimum of five years' experience who demonstrate outstanding commitment to the profession and who have contributed to programs that address the needs of students.

Mural Honors Smokey the Shrine Klown's Legacy

On Sat. June 14, at the K&A (Kensington and Allegheny) Market Fest, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter dedicated "The Heart of Kensington," a 3-story tall mural depicting prominent community members who've left a mark on the neighborhood. Amid these local heroes smiles Smokey the Lu Lu Klown.

The mural dedication commemorated Smokey, the late Bro. Ed Moccia, P.M., Widener-Apollo-Kensington Lodge No. 211, Philadelphia, who passed away on March 9, 2007, before he saw the completed mural. During his six years as a Mason, Bro. Ed accomplished much and was very active in the fraternity and community.

Bro. Albert G. Dunn, P.M., Nanticoke Lodge No. 541, retired in December 2007 from his office of Principal of the 12th Masonic District School of Instruction after 12 years of service to the Craft. The following lodges of the 12th Masonic District were represented at a retirement party held in his honor: Plymouth Lodge No. 332; Kingston Lodge No. 395; Landmark Lodge No. 442, Wilkes-Barre; Coalville Lodge No. 474, Sugar Notch; Nanticoke Lodge No. 541; and King David Lodge No. 763, Kingston.
Stephen Gardner, R.W. Grand Master, was made an Honorary Thrice Illustrious Master at the Annual Grand Assembly of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Master Masons of Pennsylvania in April. He then served as the class Exemplar for the conferral of the Order of the Silver Trowel.
Bro. James W. Reed, Senior Deputy Supreme Tall Cedar, congratulates Omar Rafeh, Freedom Chapter, on receiving the DeMolay Past Master Councilor's Meritorious Service Award (PMC-MSA) for outstanding service to his Chapter. To earn the PMCMSA, a DeMolay Master Councilor must plan his term of office, execute the plan and achieve specific goals in leadership, membership growth, fundraising, social and service activities. The award is nationally sponsored by the Tall Cedars of Lebanon throughout North America.
Bro. Perry Bates of Robert Burns Lodge No. 464, Harrisburg, and Sister Linda Bates of Hershey Chapter No. 509, O.E.S., are the first husband and wife team in the 53-year history of the Grand Guardian Council of PA to serve in the top two adult leadership positions as Associate Grand Guardian and Grand Guardian, respectively. Above, they are accompanied by Marie Pashel, Grand Bethel Honored Queen (in the blue cape) and Kaitlyn Davis, Miss Job's Daughters of Pennsylvania (in the red cape).

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